Phidias, Parthenon sculpture (pediments, metopes and frieze)

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Phidias(?), Parthenon sculptures, frieze: 438-432 B.C.E., pediment: c. 438-432 B.C.E. and metopes: c. 447-32 B.C.E. Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris,

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Figure thought to be of Dionysos from the east pediment of the Parthenon

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Phidias, Parthenon sculpture (pediments, metopes and frieze)," in Smarthistory, November 25, 2015, accessed September 25, 2023,